Situated in the ancient Spedale delle Leopoldine in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Museo Novecento in Florence is devoted to 20th century Italian art, showcasing a selection of around 300 works in 15 exhibition spaces, as well as a study room, a prints and drawings room and a projection and conference room.
Like a time machine, the Museum operates in reverse, running from the ‘90s to the early 20th century, reconstructing the matchless artistic season when Florence was at the heart of the national and international cultural scene. The rooms showcase the Municipality of Florence’s collections in rotation, with particular focus on the numerous works donated by artist and collectors in response to Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti’s appeal after the 1966 flood, which include the prestigious Alberto Della Ragione collection. These are rounded off and integrated with works donated by or on free loan from artists, collections and organisations that have generously supported the creation of this new institution.
The museum has set up multimedia booths, sound devices and video rooms, offsetting the works and providing further information about them with an immersive, thematic and chronological guide. It also has speciallytailored visitor itineraries for different sorts of viewers, including adults, children and families. The temporary exhibitions add to the Museum’s activities, with in-depth information, one-man shows and documentary exhibitions.